Jimmy Anderson: I'm Still Hungry



Early on Wednesday morning, the Daily Mail released a teasing (click-bait) article alluding to the fact that Jimmy Anderson was set to face the media, and the agenda could involve a retirement announcement. However, Jimmy soon squashed those rumours with authority, stating that he was still as hungry as ever and is still targeting the next ASHES series in Australia.


Anderson, England's leading wicket-taker on 590 test wickets cut a frustrated figure in the first test. After taking 1-77, there was talk of him potentially being rested for the 2nd test, although that could have been the plan all along. Anderson was unlucky in the first test, with a chance or two being put down, and although he wasn't swinging the ball to the extent we're used to, he was still beating the bat of the Pakistan top-order.


Speaking to the BBC, Anderson was openly honest with the disappointment he felt at the talk of his retirement rearing it's head on the back of one down performance:


"The frustration for me this week was that, after one bad game... the whispers that go around. I don't think that's really fair,"
"I'm still hungry. Experiencing a win like that is why you play the game.
If I keep bowling the way I did this week the opportunity to retire will be taken out of my hands - it will be a selection issue.
"It's been a frustrating week for me personally because I've not bowled really well and I felt out of rhythm
It's a case of trying to work really hard over the next couple of days, and show people that I still have what it takes to play Test cricket."

Sussex seamer Ollie Robinson has been called into the side, and I don't think anyone would be surprised to see him come in ahead of Anderson for the 2nd test. England have an abundance of seam options with Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes performing to an exceptional standard this summer. You feel there is more to come from Archer, Wood is waiting in the wings and Sam Curran is always in and around the team.


That's not even taking into consideration the amount of talent in the county circuit, including Jamie and Craig Overton, Olly Stoke (currently injured), Ben Coad and a number of other bowlers making their way through. The harsh reality of the situation is that if you want to stay in the team, you absolutely have to perform.


Anderson has been a terrific servant to the England national team, however, he's now 38 and we have to be realistic. It's only natural that people will start to look at when he could potentially call time on his illustrious career. The hope is that he goes out on top, but I think we all believe he deserves a packed house send-off.


Anderson still has a part to play for England, but I'd argue that he's no longer an automatic pick. England need to utilise him intelligently when the conditions are perfect to maximise his production.


England have a number of bowlers who they need to blood ahead of key fixtures in the calendar, including trips to India, Pakistan and Australia, unfortunately, sentiment can't come into team-selection.

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